2008 Sep 19: Mice-infestation, fundamentalism and prejudice

This article by Ray Parker shows some problems that exchange students experience. One home with a mouse-infestation, another is fundamentalistic and the third is prejudiced against their student.

… The teens are staying at homes temporarily, but they’ll need more permanent arrangements for the next eight months while attending Chandler and Westwood high schools.

 “These are very cordial, A students,” said Stephen Wasche, local representative for the Center for Cultural Interchange, a non-profit with headquarters in Chicago. “I just have to find places for these kids. I’ve got to get back to work.”

Kacper Guglas, 16, of Poland, had a host home infested with mice, while Ove Daldy, 18, of Norway, had problems with the religious fervor of his host family. … .

Then there’s 17-year-old Tung Lam of Vietnam, who is attending Chandler High.

“The host in Chandler had some family move back in with her,” Wasche said. “The relative was involved in the Vietnam War and was prejudiced.”

“A host family has to have a bed for them,” said Wasche, a teacher. “I don’t want to send them home if there’s any way possible to help them where they’re supposed to be.”

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